Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The National Press Club Ballroom
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

An Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option:
A Strategy for Christians

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, March 15 for an Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher on his newly released book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.

In what promises to be a fascinating discussion, Dreher presents a radical vision for the future of Christian life, and calls on American Christians to embrace an ancient way of life modeled by St. Benedict, a sixth century monk who built enduring and separatist Christian communities focused on prayer, hospitality, and spiritual practice. Such self-imposed exile from mainstream culture, combined with the construction of a resilient and creative counterculture, is, Dreher argues, a vital means of addressing challenging cultural and political issues.

Dreher is a journalist and writer who focuses on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. He is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of How Dante Can Save Your Life, Crunchy Consand The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the National ReviewFirst Things, and The Wall Street Journal, and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio.

Responding to Dreher will be Kirsten Powers.Powers is a political pundit and an analyst for CNN. She has worked as a columnist for USA TodayNewsweekThe Daily Beast, and The American Prospect. Her articles regarding politics have appeared also on Elle, New York ObserverSalon, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech.

Also, responding will be Peter Wehner, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Wehner served in the last three Republican administrations, including as Deputy Director of Speechwriting and later Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for President George W. Bush. He is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur Brooks).

We hope you will join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation at the National Press Club. Please click on the link to register!

This event is held in partnership with the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

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